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Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 6:21 PM
Updated: Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 1:05 PM
PASCO, Shelby County — UPDATE @ 8:45 a.m. (Feb. 28):Funeral services for the 6-year-old boy found dead in a Shelby County creek have been set.
Services are set for Rylan Ferguson at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Cromes-Edwards Funeral Home in Sidney. Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery, according to his obituary.
Family will receive friends on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the funeral
UPDATE @ 12:41 p.m. (Feb. 26):
A resident called Shelby County authorities around 10:30 a.m. to report they had found the body of the missing boy who was swept away in a creek Sunday afternoon around 5:50 p.m.
Rylan Ferguson, 6, had been playing with a friend outside with Nerf guns and a portion of the ground under him gave way and he fell into the creek, deputies said.
The parents of Ferguson positively identified him after authorities pulled him from the creek this morning.
Ferguson’s body was located about two miles from where he disappeared, deputies said.
Ferguson was a student at Fairlawn Elementary School.
UPDATE @ 12:26 p.m. (Feb. 26):
Shelby County authorities confirmed that the body of a missing 6-year-old boy has been found in a creek in the area of Knoop-Johnston Road.
UPDATE @5 a.m.
Teams will reconvene this morning at the Sidney Fire Department as they renew their search for a 6-year-old boy who was swept away in a creek.
Crews called off their search around 9 p.m. Sunday, citing the rough terrain and the strong current.
The boy is feared dead, and officials said the search is now considered a recovery operation.
UPDATE @9:04 p.m.
Deputies said search efforts for a 6-year-old boy who fell into Mosquito Creek have been to no avail and is now considered a recovery.
Rescue crews will reconvene on scene in the morning to continue looking for the boy, who has not been identified.
Shelby County Sheriff Sgt. Aaron Steinke said the search entailed boats in the water and a helicopter using infrared to search for body heat. He said due to the rough terrain and the strong current, search crews are being called off for the night.
Deputies will remain on scene through the night, and the road will remain closed. Other crews will return in the morning to continue the recovery effort.
The area was not under a flood warning from recent rains, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar.
UPDATE @ 7:55 p.m.
A 6-year-old boy fell into the Great Miami River this evening while he was playing with a friend along the riverbank, Shelby County Sheriff’s Sgt. Aaron Steinke said.
Crews were called around 5:45 p.m. to the river behind the Pasco trailer park in the 5000 block of state Route 29. Rescuers have boats in the water, and have every bridge covered south from Sidney to the Miami County line, the sergeant said.
Joining search efforts will be a helicopter from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, which has night-vision equipment to help search from above.
The recent rains and swollen river poses a challenge to rescue personnel, Steinke said.
UPDATE @ 6:35 p.m.
Additional rescue crews from area departments have been called to join the search along the banks for a young boy who may have been swept up in the swollen Great Miami River.
According to scanner traffic, the 6-year-old boy was last seen wearing a red shirt and dark pants.
Rescuers were called this evening to a mobile home park for a possible water rescue in the Great Miami River involving a child in the village of Pasco east of Sidney.
According to initial reports, a 6-year-old boy was wading but had not been seen in awhile. It is not confirmed that the boy has come to any harm.
The trailer park was in the 5800 block of Ohio 29, according to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 12:53 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 2:10 PM
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Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 4:15 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 1:01 PM
— QUICK-LOOK FORECAST
Today: Very warm and humid with scattered clouds, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs says. Temperatures will reach the lower 80s, but the weather will feel warmer because of the humidity. Some scattered showers and storms will develop in the northern Miami Valley late this afternoon and spread south into the evening. A couple of storms may become intense, with locally heavy rain and gusty wind. Storms will taper later tonight, with the weather to remain mild and temperatures in the middle 60s. A few areas of patchy fog are possible late.
Tonight: Any showers and storms that remain this evening should fade past sunset. Some fog is possible again overnight with temperatures dropping into the mid-60s.
Thursday: The chance for a few showers and storms returns. Highs will be near 80 degrees.
Friday: The best chance for rain moves in. Showers and storms are expected with highs in the lower 80s.
Saturday: More showers and storms are likely at times, though it won’t be an all-day rain event. Highs to start the weekend will be in the upper 70s to lower 80s.
Sunday: More dry time is expected, but there’s still a chance for showers and storms. Highs will be in the lower 80s.
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 1:23 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 1:36 PM
SPRINGFIELD TWP., CLARK COUNTY — UPDATE @ 1:27 p.m.: One person has been taken to a hospital after a car rammed into a house on South Bird Road, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.
According to the preliminary investigation, a female was driving north when she apparently lost control of the vehicle and rammed the front of the house, where the resident was asleep.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: New details in fatal wrong-way crash
That resident has been taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center, suffering from minor injuries. The driver was not injured, according to troopers.
South Bird Road will be shut down at Laybourne Road in both directions until further notice.
Police, sheriff’s deputies, OSP and the gas company are on the scene of a car into a house in the 200 block of South Bird and Laybourne roads in Springfield Twp.
The incident occurred moments ago. Unknown on injuries.
We will update this developing report as we get information.
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 12:17 PM
Dayton — A professor of toxicology and environmental health says Dayton and Montgomery County residents should expect regular monitoring and public updates about water quality in the wake of test results showing the low-level presence of potentially dangerous chemicals.
However, Rita Loch-Caruso, a professor of toxicology in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan, said it’s too soon to recommend buying new household water filtration systems as a cautionary measure.
Loch-Caruso said similar levels of PFAS have been found in Ann Arbor drinking water, where she lives, and she has not purchased a water filtration system.
“It certainly is low,” she said. “I would say it’s something for the people and for the city to start to pay attention to, and to keep paying attention to.”
“We certainly don’t know everything there is know about PFAS (polyfluoralkyl substances), and PFAS are a difficult group of chemicals to study because there are so many variations of them,” Loch-Caruso said.
PFAS is a substance once used as a firefighting foam at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The chemical has infiltrated groundwater and prompted the shutdown of several Dayton water wells and has now been detected in drinking water bound for customers.
Dayton and Montgomery County are sending customers notices with the results of recent testing of treated water leaving the city’s Ottawa Water Treatment Plant. The results of March testing show PFAS detected at a level of 7 to 13 parts per trillion.
Officials stress that level is significantly below the EPA health advisory limit of 70 ppt (parts per trillion) for lifetime exposure, but it marks the first time PFAS have been detected in water after the treatment process.
Loch-Caruso said that if she lived in Dayton, “I’d pay attention.”
“I would like to see my city doing regular monitoring and publishing the results of the concentrations,” she said. “I would like to see a plan for monitoring — how is the city going to watch this?”
Michael Powell, director of the city of Dayton Water Department, said Wednesday the city has monitored the situation and will continue to test concentration levels.
“I drink it every day,” Powell said of Dayton’s water.
One part per trillion is comparable to finding one grain of sand in an Olympic-sized swimming pool, he said.
The discovered concentration levels “are right on the edge of the detection levels that the latest tests are able to detect,” he said.
In fact, they are so low, the levels are labeled by testing labs as “estimated,” he said.
Joe Tuss, Montgomery County administrator, said county leaders will work to coordinate with Dayton to make sure testing protocols are consistent.
“As the entity that has the community asset that is the well fields and water treatment facilities, we want to make sure we are working in concert with the city and certainly making sure they are taking the lead in any activities around this whole PFAS issue,” Tuss said.